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When Heyward comes back, where should he hit?

Jordan Schafer excelling in the leadoff spot has raised an interesting question. If he is still playing this well when Jason Heyward comes off the DL, where do we put Jason in the lineup?

I was one of the most vocal supporters of moving Heyward up in the lineup from 6th to 2nd,  but now there's a wrench in the plans. Schafer (so far) has been a perfect leadoff hitter. Martin Prado has always been the perfect #2 hitter. Chipper Jones would likely still be hitting 3rd if he went blind and lost a leg.

So I assume that leaves the 4 through 8 spots to find a somewhere to squeeze Heyward into. The fact of the matter is, when Heyward is healthy he is arguable the best hitter on the team, so to bat him 6th or lower is absurd IMO. Uggla and Mac used to have the 4-5 spots locked down, but now that Uggla can't hit the broad side of a barn that gives more options.

I would ignore the recent rule of alternating lefties and righties in the middle of the order and have the lineup be:

1. Schafer
2. Prado
3. Chipper
4. Heyward
5. McCann
6. Uggla
7. Freeman
8. Gonzalez

Now lets hear your ideas.

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